Believer’s baptism is a very special moment on the journey of faith. It is a moment when God's presence and blessing meets us, and when we make our personal commitment of faith in Jesus as Lord.
It signifies the end of our old life and of being born again to new life in Christ. Normally taking place by full immersion in water, it speaks of repentance and cleansing, of being united with Christ in His death and resurrection, and of witnessing to the call of God upon our lives.
Baptism is also about receiving God's Spirit for service in the church and in the world.
Believer’s baptism is the pattern that is set out for us in the Bible:
Jesus set an example
Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22).
Jesus commands us
In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), Jesus says...
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
The early church practised it
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter tells the people to ...
“Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:37-38)
There are other examples of baptism throughout the book of Acts which suggests believer's baptism was an integral part of early church life.